Lil Nas got on the radar of many after he came out as gay as his hit single “Old Town Road” dominated all charts in 2019. Since homosexuality is a topic that isn’t relatively accepted in all corners of the hip-hop culture, Lil Nas comes across many instances where he is made to feel he isn’t welcome.
In a recent interview with XXL, Lil Nas X touched on the topic and said that he doesn’t feel like the culture respects him or his art. He, however, said that he is part of hip-hop whether people can digest this fact or not.
“Honestly, I don’t feel as respected in hip-hop or many music places in general. But these are communities that I am a part of, whether people would like it or not. This is something that I wanted to do because, not that my entire album is rap, but there are rap tracks on my album. I am a rapper. I am a pop star. I am a gay artist. But it’s like, I belong in these places, you know?”
It should be no surprise that Lil Nas X feels unwelcome because there are plenty in the hip-hop culture that do not like gay people. The most recent example that comes to mind is DaBaby, who said that his gay fans don’t have HIV/AIDS because they’re not nasty or junkies. He faced a lot of backlash for that. But there were people who supported him too, like rapper T.I. who said that the gay community is bullying DaBaby.
Lil Nas went through a breakup recently after he said he found someone special.